Cattle theft puzzles Hoima herders, security officials

The Hoima Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Mr Michael Kyakashari during a meeting at Buseruka trading centre in Buseruka Sub-county, Hoima District in July 2023. (Image: Joseph Uzelle/Kazi-njema News)

Security officials in Hoima District are considering intensifying night patrols to curb the rising cases of cattle theft in the area.

Mr Michael Muramira Kyakashari, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC), told Kazi-njema News that security will explore all avenues to end the vice.

He said that security is making wide consultations with local leaders and different stakeholders to study more about the cattle theft dynamics in the area to come up with a new approach to apprehend all the suspects and their allies.

Though, Mr Kyakashari said he could not divulge much about the latest wave of cattle theft in the interest of proper investigations, security has so far arrested nine people over separate cattle cases.

The Commissioner was speaking to journalists after a security meeting with stakeholders in Buseruka sub-council.

The meeting cited Buseruka, Kabaale and Greater Kigorobya sub-counties as hotbeds of cattle thieves.

During the meeting, it was also pointed out that some herders are conniving with thieves.

Mr Kyakashari urged the public to co-operate with security forces by providing them with information that can help to have the suspected thieves apprehended.

Audio: Kyakashari on cattle theft (English)

Mr Joab Bansigaraho, a cattle keeper in the area, underscored the need for security response saying cattle herders are getting demoralised after incurring huge multiple losses.

He disclosed that it is not only cattle being targeted but also other animals.


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